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Aug 26, 2010 11:29 AM

Critique my food itinerary

We are spending 2 nights in NYC for our 10th anniversary at the end of Sept. Since we will be leaving our 3 year old behind - we are looking forward to eating out. I have created a food itinerary. I tried to balance it $$$wise (you'll note that our more expensive restaurants are being visited for lunch)

We enjoy a variety when it comes to food - my husband wants to try indian. I wanted to to EMP and JG.

The restaurants are not firm yet but I did base them on what neighbourhoods we would be in at those times. For example - the first night we have a concert at RCMH so I needed something close to that.

Sunday -
Breakfast - Sabareth's
Lunch - Serendipity
Supper - Victor's Cafe

Monday -
Breakfast - ?
(wil do Greemarket farmer's market for morning)
Lunch _ Eleven Madison Park (should be reopened by then with new more $$$ menu)
Supper - Tamarind

Tuesday -
Breakfast - ?
then to museum of Nat his
Late Lunch - Jean Georges

Head to airport

Is there anyhting here that seems like a bad idea?


Also - do people reserve for Breakfasts?

Thanks - we are excited ! I am nearing the 30 day mark so I need to decide so that I can make my ressies.

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

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  1. Sunday is terrible - all 3.

    Sunday -
    Breakfast - Sabareth's
    Lunch - Serendipity
    Supper - Victor's Cafe

    1 Reply
    1. re: chow_gal

      serendiptity is cute. but the food is less than stellar. less than good, even.

    2. Some places take reservations for breakfast but a lot do not. Most of the most popular spots don't.

      Best Breakfasts and Brunches in Manhattan, 2010

      I'd do Clinton St Baking Co. or Locanda Verde for a weekday breakfast, maybe Prune or Minetta Tavern on the weekend, and I have been hearing great things about Maialino's breakfast/brunch, too.

      Minetta Tavern
      113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

      1. locanda verde and maialino

        1. Sarabeth's - skip. There aren't a lot of brunch options around there (that are any good) admittedly, but you can do better than SB's for sure. Maybe the Central Park Boathouse? Beautiful view, food is decent enough.

          Prune is one of the best brunches in town, no question - but that said, it's nowhere near the area you'll be.

          Serendipity = awful tourist trap. Don't fall for it.

          If you're going to be in that area, and you like Italian, two blocks South you've got both Mia Dona and Felidia - both are reasonably priced, at Mia Dona nothing's over $20, and at Felidia there's a $29.50 lunch special for three courses.

          Victor's Cafe isn't "bad" - but it's decidedly overpriced. I'd eat there if every plate was $10 less, and I happened to be in the neighborhood and had a sudden hankering for Latin food. Actually, wait - no - I still wouldn't. I'd go to Toloache, a "Haute Mexican" bistro two blocks South.

          In that neighborhood you've also got Insieme (Italian) and, of course, Le Bernardin if you decide you want to break the bank.

          Monday looks good. I'm more about Tabla than Tamarind, personally, but it's not like you'll have a bad meal at either.

          For breakfast before the Natural History Museum, I'm not sure who's open that early on weekdays. There's an Alice's Tea Cup nearby, they're cute and not very expensive. Otherwise probably mostly chains and generic diners up there.

          251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

          243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

          777 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

          Le Bernardin
          155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

          Alice's Tea Cup
          102 W 73rd St, New York, NY 10023

          Mia Dona
          206 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

          Central Park Boathouse
          Central Park East Drive E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021

          2 Replies
          1. re: sgordon

            Sarabeth's on the UWS is open pretty early as is Barney Greengrass.

            Barney Greengrass
            541 Amsterdam Avenue at 86th Street
            New York, NY 10024
            Tuesdays through Sunday 8am to 6pm.
            Restaurant opens at 8:30am.

            Barney Greengrass
            541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

            1. re: kathryn

              Oh, man - how could I forget Barney G? Slapping my head...

          2. If you're going to the Farmer's Market on Union Square on Monday, go to breakfast at one of the places that's walkable from there. I would recommend Cafe Mogador, which is on St. Marks between 1st and A (so not close to Union Square but definitely walkable), and has excellent breakfast every day. My preference is for the Moroccan Eggs, but I also like the Middle Eastern and Haloumi Eggs, and there are various other items. You'll have no problem just walking in on a Monday morning. The restaurant opens at 9 AM.